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Debt fears over Victoria’s $3b business relief plan

Despite the warm reception from business for the government’s rescue plan, the state’s 412,000 sole traders must wait several more days to see the details of the relief planned for them. The government said it was putting the final touches to the “complex” task of developing a support package for …

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‘I have been asked to appear’: Premier Daniel Andrews to front hotel quarantine inquiry

“I established the Board of Inquiry into the Hotel Quarantine Program to find the answers that all Victorians are entitled to,” he said. “Given the program was established as a decision of National Cabinet I always anticipated that I would need to appear in order to provide the context for …

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Short-sighted NAPLAN review should be ignored

With the break in testing and reporting of NAPLAN this year, it’s timely to consider what value this process offers. In its absence, we teachers noticed no major difference. Indeed, one positive outcome was that intervention was more easily able to be delivered, without the need to depend on inaccurate …

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‘What matters more is the actual teaching approach’: Lessons from lockdown

Across town, Watsonia North Primary School is doing a combination of live lessons and pre-recorded ones for this second “complex and challenging” stage of remote learning. “There is definitely not a case of one size fits all and we have needed to take into account and give due consideration to …

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In times like these, friends matter as much as intimate partners

“I think this is a mistake; for many of us now the relationships with our friends are our most enduring and important, lifelong and deep relationships that we have. “Just because people aren’t in a romantic relationship with someone doesn’t mean they wouldn’t treat that person as their ‘intimate’ partner.” …

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Australia’s first claim for ‘reproductive leave’ gets ACTU backing

“The drain that these procedures causes in other forms of leave disproportionately affects women and trans people and this new entitlement would create a more equal and accommodating workplace – something we should always be working towards,” she said. “We stand behind HACSU members fighting for this new entitlement.” Kate …

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As Luke Batty’s 18th birthday passes, Rosie offers wisdom on resilience

Ms Batty told the wellbeing podcast Bounce Back that contact is vital for survival in times of great stress, including during pandemic lockdown, and revealed how she belatedly realised friends had kept “suicide watch” on her after Luke was killed. “What everyone will say is whether you’ve received news of …

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A detective’s journey: how Steve Fontana made the team work

Fontana, known in the job for more than 40 years as Fonze, drove up next to the cab when the gunman, the notorious Amos Atkinson, pointed the barrel at him. “I ducked under the steering wheel,” but he didn’t stop. Eventually, they trapped Atkinson in Meyers Place, a narrow city …

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Where are they now? Revisiting Melburnians in lockdown 2.0

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size What in March and April seemed a curious phenomenon — people quarantined within the walls of their homes — is now the stark reality for most Victorians, six weeks deep into a second lockdown, with more weeks ahead. Since The Age first …

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